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Workflow Management Coalition Names
Jon Pyke, United Kingdom
as recipient of Marvin L. Manheim Award
for Significant Contributions in the Field of Workflow

Jon Pyke (right) with Kevin Vaughn, Chair of the Black Forest Group

WfMC Announces Second Recipient of the
Marvin L Manheim Award for
Significant Contributions in the Field of Workflow


April 8, 2003. New York.  The Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) is pleased to announce here today that Jon Pyke, United Kingdom is the second recipient of the Marvin L. Manheim Award for outstanding contributions in the field of workflow. The Marvin L. Manheim award is presented annually by the Workflow Management Coalition to recognize an individual or a group for their influence, contribution, or distinguished use of workflow systems.


Mr. Pyke has been involved in Information Technology (IT) since the mid 1970s and has a wide range of skills covering just about every aspect of software development, systems analysis and design, project management, consultancy, product management and marketing. He has served as Staffware’s Chief Technology Officer for over the past 11 years and is responsible for the development and continued leadership of Staffware’s workflow and BPM solutions.


He has written and published a number of technical and business articles on the subject of office automation and workflow technology. Over the years, he has demonstrated unswerving leadership and support for process-related standards.


In addition to his role within Staffware, he is a founding member, and current Chair of the WfMC, and a director of the AIIM Special Interest Group on Process Automation and Management, was awarded an AIIM Laureate for Workflow and held the position of vice chair of AIIM’s Emerging Technology Advisory Board (EmTAG).


“I feel honored to receive this prestigious award, particularly on the auspicious occasion of the WfMC’s 10th anniversary,” said Jon Pyke.” My vision is straightforward. Business software has long been used to support key business processes, there is nothing new in this notion. What has changed though is the realization that the easiest ways for organizations to be competitive, manage costs, be viable, be flexible and responsive, is to understand and improve the structure and execution of their business processes.”


He believes, strongly, that industry standards are key: “Bringing together a range of technologies and methodologies under a single banner will undoubtedly reduce risk and get the technology readily accepted, for the benefit of us all,” added Pyke.


“We’re very proud that Jon Pyke was selected as the Manheim Award winner in this auspicious year of WfMC’s 10th anniversary,” said Layna Fischer, WfMC General Manager. “It’s a fitting tribute for Jon to be recognized not only for his global contributions to the workflow industry, but also for the substantial time and energy he has specifically devoted to guiding the Coalition for the past three years as WfMC chair.“

About Marvin L. Manheim

Marvin L. Manheim was the William A. Patterson Distinguished Professor of Transportation at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University from 1983 until his death in August 2000. Prof. Manheim was also associated with Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Transportation Center, Steel Resource Center, Institute for Learning Studies and Center for the Study of United States/Japan Relations, and taught executive management programs at Kellogg's James L. Allen Center. Prior to joining the Kellogg School, he held faculty positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Prof. Manheim's major area of interest was information technology and its uses strategically, competitively, and organizationally. It included strategy formulation and implementation processes; the management of globally competing organizations; and international transportation and logistics. He was also interested in computer assistance to human problem solving and decision-making, including decision support systems (DSS) and artificial intelligence.

About the Workflow Management Coalition

The WfMC, founded in 1993, is a non-profit, international organization of workflow vendors, users, analysts and university/research groups. The Coalition's mission is to promote and develop the use of workflow through the establishment of standards for software terminology, interoperability and connectivity between workflow products. Comprising over 300 members worldwide, the Coalition is the primary standards body for this important software market and publishes informational works such as the annual Workflow Handbook. www.wfmc.org

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